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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE06-49

September 29, 2006

Contact: Ian Michaels (718) 595-6600

First Turkey Hunting Season on New York City Water Supply Lands Begins October 1 on 7500 Acres

Commissioner Emily Lloyd of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that the first turkey hunting season on protected New York City water supply lands will begin October 1 and run through November 17.

This summer, the DEP designated 20 parcels comprising 7500 acres throughout eight watershed counties for an expanded hunting program including small game, turkey and bear.  Previously, only deer hunting had been allowed on DEP watershed lands.  Next year, the Department intends to extend the new hunting program to all City watershed lands where deer hunting is currently allowed, except in cases where individual towns, villages or counties object.

Information about recreation on DEP lands is available on the Web at nyc.gov/watershed.  Also available on the watershed recreation Web site is a new online application for DEP Access Permits that allows users to receive a new Permit instantly and to print out copies of existing Permits they may have lost.  Hunt Tags, which are required in addition to Access Permits in order to hunt on DEP lands, will be available on the Web soon.  However, Hunt Tag applications that can be printed and mailed are available at the site

As always, all hunting and other recreational activities on DEP land must be in compliance with applicable State regulations, including permit requirements.

The DEP has increased its hunting areas this year by over 4,000 acres and now has over 36,000 acres open for deer hunting.  A total of over 74,000 acres of DEP lands are open to the public, with over 25,000 acres and 21 reservoirs or controlled lakes available for fishing.  Over 105,000 people have Access Permits and over 11,000 people received Hunt Tags last year.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) manages New York City’s water supply, which is collected from three watersheds comprising nearly 2000 square miles, 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes and provides over one billion gallons of quality drinking water daily serving over half the population of New York State.  The DEP manages 14 in-City wastewater treatment plans, as well as nine-treatment plants upstate.  DEP’s operations and investments translate into 1833 jobs in the West of Hudson watershed, and DEP pays over $100 million a year in taxes in the watershed.

DEP 2006 – 2007 SMALL GAME HUNTING AREAS

County

Hunting Area

Town(s)

Location

Acres

Delaware

Weaver Hollow Unit

Andes & Middletown

Weaver Hollow Road

622

Barbour Brook Unit

Tompkins

Barbour Brook Road

344

Peakes Brook Unit

Delhi

Peakes Brook & Frank Hafele Roads

194

Dutchess

East Fishkill Unit

East Fishkill

Route 52 & Leetown Road

584

Greene

West Hollow Unit

Ashland

Sutton Hollow Road

88

Mount Hayden Unit

Windham

Nauvoo & Bagley Roads

698

Balsam Mountain Unit

Lexington

Spruceton Road

379

Putnam

Big Buck Unit

Kent

Farmers Mills & South Lake Roads

32

Dean Pond Unit

Kent

Horse Pound Road

201

White Pond Unit

Kent

White Pond Road

197

Schoharie

West Conesville Unit

Conesville

Route 990V & Bull Hill Road

245

Hubbard Hill Unit

Gilboa

East Conesville Road

290

Bluebird Road Unit

Conesville

South Mountain & Blue Bird Roads

222

Sullivan

Conklin Brook Unit

Neversink

Woodard Road

143

Blue Hill Unit

Neversink

Blue Hill & Hunter Roads

314

West Neversink Unit

Neversink

Aiden Hill Road

1,194

Ulster

Mink Hollow Unit

Woodstock

Mink Hollow Road

614

South Rondout Unit

Wawarsing

Route 55 & Sherman Road

704

Big Indian Cluster

Shandaken

Route 28

272

Westchester

Louden Point

North Castle

Route 120

180

 

More Information

NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Public Affairs

59-17 Junction Boulevard
19th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373

(718) 595-6600